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Old June 3 2013, 09:32 PM   #18
Re: Morality and the Holodeck - slightly different question

Nothing about the privacy of the party being simulated is in jeopardy. His or her personal existence is not being affected in any way - indeed, thanks solely to the simulating party's privacy remaining unviolated.

If any violation of privacy took place, this happened before the simulation, with the simulating party obtaining knowledge of the target. But the knowledge required for making, say, Barclay's "Goddess of Empathy" cannot be considered "private" by any stretch of the word, or else we would all be having our eyes surgically removed at birth to prevent the possibility of violating each other's right to remain unseen.

Timo Saloniemi
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